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Grateful Dead Live at The Ark on 1969-04-21

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Grateful Dead Live at The Ark on 1969-04-21

Set 1:
d1t01 - Introduction
d1t02 - Hard To Handle
d1t03 - Morning Dew
d1t04 - Cryptical Envelopment ->
d1t05 - Drums ->
d1t06 - The Other One ->
d1t07 - Cryptical Envelopment ->
d1t08 - Sittin' On Top Of The World
d1t09 - Alligator ->
d1t10 - Drums ->
d1t11 - Jam ->
d1t12 - Doin' That Rag

Set 2:
d2t01 - Foxy Lady Jam
d2t02 - Dark Star ->
d2t03 - St. Stephen ->
d2t04 - The Eleven ->
d2t05 - Turn On Your Lovelight

d3t01 - Tuning
d3t02 - Viola Lee Blues ->
d3t03 - Feedback

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Ark
Location Boston, MA

Source SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat -> CD D
Lineage CD -> Samplitude Professional v9.12 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


Patch Info:
Alternate SBD source provides:
Introduction (complete track)
2nd Cryptical Envelopment (1:21 - 6:19)
Dark Star (14:52 - 16:36)
Turn On Your Lovelight (23:56 - end of track)
-- Cleaned up numerous flaws and fixed the levels
-- Alligator has a false start
-- Tape runs out during Feedback


Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2016
Subject: wade in the water
An intense other one, a beautiful Dark Star and a fantastic Viola Lee are the highest of the numerous highlights of this well-recorded show. The Alligator, unfortunately, ain't that much and Foxy Lady (thankfully) amounts to little more than a novelty 47 years later (I continue to worship the Experience's version at Royal Albert Hall, however!).

It's too bad the Feedback gets cut because I suspect there was a lovely finish.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2016
Subject: --
Solid '69, with an odd approach to the setlist....Jerry still hadn't yet decided to ditch the slide on Hard to Handle, which still sounds weird. And all that 'Foxy Lady'? Ridiculous. Seriously, that is one of the stupidest songs ever written by a great artist.

The real supreme goods here are everything from DS on. Viola Lee absolutely smolders. This one shines bright after a shaky, odd-but-fun opening.
Reviewer: reviewr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2015
Subject: Solid '69
Set I: That's It For The Other One.
Interesting slide guitar on Hard To Handle, but not really good. Rest good/std. for '69. Goin' Down The Road jam in Jam.
Set II: Dark Star and The Elven are the real stand outs, but the whole set is real good, except for Foxy Lady, which is still really interesting.

Reviewer: DMT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2013
Subject: .
Sloppy start but grows into killer high energy show! The jam before "Rag" riffs on "Mountain Jam" before sliding into "Rag". Then Jerry comes back out and gives us a little "Foxy Lady" jam before a great "Dark Star". The energy is kept high through a rambling Viola Lee/feeedback encore
Reviewer: smokingcratersofthemind - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2011
Subject: Infinitely expanded conciousness obtained
Protruding through thick clouds of reason the music arises… and this could be called a transcendental experience with much accuracy, for it is outwardly-excelling and intrinsically expanding in dualistic unity. So as the paradox of the review unfolds, I think what must be said most is that these songs are a reflection of inner conscious perception in the way that it so infinitely expands forth allowing us to see beyond our selves, as each instrument is but eye to one great truth the guitars and drums and keyboards are excelling themselves toward, in outwardly-achieved fashion, akin to the perceptions they were borne of and went forth from infinitely. We can see what this music births in each moment… as each song forever expands itself as a horizon of singular light. Each concert is a dawn... and in this way we enter blind but emerge seeing, first knowing as we look, then looking beyond what we know… Gaining for ourselves an access to the expounded unity these fine musicians are
Reviewer: Ficus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2011
Subject: Live Dead aftermath
Beautiful 2nd set here. No way you could script a better setlist than what you get here at this show. Starts with a jammin' Foxy Lady jam then into it with the DS>SS>11>LL and then they encore with Viola Lee and Feedback (redundant by the way) Perfect all the way through that set. If the first set didn't have sloppy mistakes it's a 5.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 4, 2011
Subject: Great Show, Great Run
This 3 show run at the Ark are all amazing performances. Maybe no the best shows of 69 but they are all ragged, raw and bristling with energy. Each one of these shows has it's own charms. On of my favourite moments from this performance is the second part of Cryptical with some gorgeous guitar work. The Viola Lee closer is grunge 25 years too early.
Reviewer: fibber - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 7, 2011
Subject: slide!
Yeah, they're definitely warming up on Hard to Handle, but check out that slide guitar. Awesome!
Reviewer: gratefuldiver - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2010
Subject: Listen to this...
Off-the-rails shows! 'Interesting' Hard to Handle. The boys are still warming up with Morning Dew. The rest of the show cooks. One of the best The Eleven.

Reviewer: gratedude69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2010
Subject: greattt!!!
just a great show all around, what a second set, foxy lady was real cool jer picked it right up, the other one was cookin too

viola lee encore, cant complain, great 69!
Reviewer: yenrab921 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2010
Subject: Bridges
Darkstar>St. Stephen>The Eleven>Lovelight Enough said?
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2008
Subject: Counter culture underground anti-establishment capitalism
Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now or you'll be sorry...

CLASSIC 1969 SOUND. Amazingly well recorded show for the period. Nice to hear the DEAD perform songs from their first album, Anthem of the Sun, Aoxomoxoa, LIVE DEAD and a couple others thrown in for good measure.

Feedback is a nice way to wash the mind with sound...I always loved it when the GRATEFUL DEAD would flip the music inside out and let us hear just the sounds, without the measures, bars, staffs, time, and other limitations.

Sounds like it was a fun show. How often did they play Foxy Lady?

I recommend you add this show to your 1969 collection.

Eat, Drink, be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the love.
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